FT: Bournemouth (Stanislas, King) 2-1 Manchester United (Fellaini)
You all thought Bournemouth’s 1-0 win over Chelsea last weekend was a freak result. Didn’t you? Well, perhaps it wasn’t, because Eddie Howe’s Cherries have only gone and added 20-time champions Manchester United to their list of Premier League scalps.
To make this 2-1 defeat even tougher to take for the Red Devils, Bournemouth’s winning goal was scored by Josh King, who was booted out of Old Trafford two years ago, after making just two substitute appearances between 2008 and 2013.
King connected with a preplanned Matt Richie corner on 54 minutes to score his first home goal for Bournemouth.
Bournemouth’s first goal, which came inside the opening 120 seconds, also came from a corner.
In fact, it came directly from a corner as Junior Stanislas embarrassed United goalkeeper David de Gea with a wicked inswinger in windy conditions.
United lacked cutting edge and guile, but in Marouane Fellaini they had plenty of fighting spirit. The big Belgian bullied his way to United’s equaliser midway through the first half, after Memphis Depay’s shot had been parried by Cherries stopper Artur Boruc.
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Having equalised after their early scare, one suspects Manchester United of old would have taken control of this encounter in the second half. Louis van Gaal’s side did not do that.
The visitors were behind again inside nine minutes of the restart. And Bournemouth very nearly made it 3-1 late on, but Glenn Murray – Bournemouth’s hero at Chelsea – wasted a glorious chance.